The flushing water closet is very English. The first flushing toilet was made for Queen Elizabeth, who was delighted by the new, yet unreliable invention. I suppose that means "throne" is a rather accurate nickname. The model obviously didn't catch on, despite Liz's affection for it. Next, a real Renaissance man, Alexander Cummings took the idea and improved upon it. He installed a lever on the primitive toilet which you would slide aside and therefore create an exit for the unwanted waste. New water would come in as the waste would hopefully move into the sewers. Perhaps the smartest part about the invention was that Cummings got a patent for it in 1775. It is always good to protect yourself!
|Bramah's useful contraption|
Of course the modern flush toilet as we know it wasn't to arrive until the following century. Ironically, the inventor who is responsible for that was named Thomas Crapper.